18 Sep GoPro Protune Settings, Mounts & Housing – Jin Park
Today I want to go over different GoPro settings, specifically the ones about Gopro Protune, and the different GoPro mounts that are available including housings . I don’t want to go into details about mounts and housings, but I thought I should touch on the two briefly in this entry. The primary focus of this entry though will be GoPro Protune.
Now, the newer GoPro cameras come equipped with many recording settings as well as a mode called Protune. The versions that come equipped with Protune are GoPro Hero 3 Silver and up. The purpose of Protune is to allow professional videographers more freedom in their post-production to make their footage unique. When you record a GoPro video with Protune settings turned off, you will get a nice crisp footage with color corrections. The GoPro cameras does a wonderful job in adjusting the video settings according to where and what you film. To simplify things, having Protunes off is similar to having all settings as auto. The moment you turn Protunes on, you will notice the footage you record will not be as sharp and the colors won’t be as vivid. This is because Protune will capture images with less compression and neutral colors. This provides professional users a more “raw” footage to work with without any of the GoPro’s auto corrections.
GoPro Protune Settings, Mounts & Housing: Protune Settings
So let’s talk about the Protune settings in GoPro Hero 4. In Protune mode, you can adjust the white balance, color, ISO limits, sharpness, and exposure.
- White balance setting is to adjust the overall color tone of the footage. By default, the setting will be set to auto but you can change the kelvin according to the lighting you have. For use in warm light, set the setting to a lower kelvin and for use in cool light, set the setting to a higher kelvin. You can also set it to CAM RAW which means there will be no compensation for color tone or you can use native setting which is what the industry standard is for optimized color.
- Color settings allow you to adjust the color profile. By default, Protune will have it set at GoPro Color. This setting will capture your footage with the colors that you will see when Protune is turned off. If you set it at Flat color setting, you will notice the footage has a neutral profile. The main purpose of this is that if you are using any other recording equipment, you can match the color of other equipment during your post-production edits.
- The next setting is the ISO setting. ISO stands for International Standards Organization. It represents the standardized industry scale for measuring light sensitivity. You can adjust this setting to find a balance between brightness and image noise. If you use a high ISO, you will get a brighter footage but increased noise. If you use a low ISO, you will get a darker footage but decreased noise. In a low light setting you may want to use a higher ISO and in a brighter setting, you may want to use a lower ISO.
- The Sharpness setting allows you to adjust the video sharpness. There are 3 settings you can choose from; high which are what Protune sets as default, medium, and low. High setting processes the footage to result in a very sharp footage so that very little post-production edit is required. Medium setting provides moderate sharpness and low setting results is a very soft footage. Low setting is ideal for professionals wanting to do more post-production edits.
- The Exposure setting adjusts the overall brightness of the video. The range for exposure is -2 to +2. You can adjust the exposure in 0.5 increments. Exposure will adjust the brightness within the ISO limit that you have set. If the brightness has already reached the ISO limit, adjusting the exposure settings will have no effect. Adjust your ISO settings first then you can fine tune the brightness using your Exposure settings.
GoPro Protune Settings, Mounts & Housing: GoPro Mounts
Now let’s briefly talk about the GoPro mounts that are available. Depending on what you want to film, you will need to use different mounts that GoPro provides. If you want to film your dog running down the beach, you may want to use the dog harness mount. For those of you who want to attach your camera to a gun, fishing rod, bows or any other sporting equipment, you can use the Sportsman mount. GoPro even has a mount called 3-way mount which can act as a grip, an arm extension or a tripod. GoPro pretty much provides a mount for any situation you may find yourself in. For myself, I generally use a variation of the chin mount. As you can see I’ve attached a curve adhesive mount to the side of my helmet and used a 3 way pivot arm to face the GoPro camera forward from my chin area to provide a first person point of view. For the type of filming I do, there may be vibrations so it was important that I used the anti-vibration locking plug. If I wanted to mount a GoPro on my motorcycle tank, I may consider the suction mount as it does not use adhesive to stick to my tank and it is easily removable.
GoPro Protune Settings, Mounts & Housing: GoPro Housings
Now that we’ve covered the mounts, we need to talk about the GoPro housing. If you are surfing or diving, you probably don’t need to record the audio. GoPro provides a waterproof housing that you can use to keep the camera safe and if need be, you can add a floaty which will keep your camera afloat if it happens to fall off from where you had it mounted. As for me, I need to record the audio as I talk throughout my video. It is very difficult to get a clear audio of my voice when the GoPro is mounted outside of my helmet as there is significant wind noise and ambient noise. To address this issue, GoPro has a skeleton housing which has the sides cut out for access to the different ports. I use the skeleton housing with GoPro’s 3.5mm mic adapter as you can see in my setup. I can use the adapter to wire a mic to the inside of my helmet which allows me to record clear audio of my voice when riding the motorcycle.
You now know the various settings you can use to record your perfect footage with the GoPro cameras and some of the mounts that are available for you to use. If you would like to find out more about the different mounts or would like to see the GoPro manual, visit the GoPro website. Thank you for watching and see you next time.
Jin Park is one of Calgary videographers at Kallos Studio. He works with many talented Calgary photographers and cinematographers within his Calgary based Studio. He offers online tips and tutorials on videography for beginners and also in-studio help as well. You can find his work at Kallos Studio.